Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW) - Volunteering at Heart, Love, and Soul Food Pantry and Dining Room in Niagara Falls has extra meaning to Tahmina Rehman. Her charitable work is motivated by her late friend Aasiya Hassan who was killed two years ago. Aasiya's husband Muzzammil is now on trial for murder. Rehman's mission is to reach out into the community, open up dialogue, and have a better understanding of one another. Rehman is trying to reverse misconceptions about the Muslim culture and faith following Aasiya's death.
"She was a beautiful person inside and out," said Rehman. "I though this is the time for us to stand up and tell the people of Buffalo who she really was because she believed in her faith. Aasiya had opened up Bridges TV to convey a message of Islam and have people be educated."
Rehman is currently the president of the Women's Auxiliary Buffalo Chapter of Ahmadiya Muslim Community and has held several seminars to discuss different faiths. She has also organized a bike-a-thon to raise money for victims of domestic violence and also worked with women in abusive relationships.
"This is what a human has to do regardless of race, faith, country, or culture," added Rehman. "I'm just contributing to the beauty. We are like a bouquet of flowers and I'm just contributing."